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The New Yankee Workshop 

TV-G | | TV Series (1989–2009)
In this PBS series, craftsman Norm Abram demonstrates how to build quality furniture in one's own workshop using traditional carpentry techniques. Abram also gives pointers on restoring and... See full summary »
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In this PBS series, craftsman Norm Abram demonstrates how to build quality furniture in one's own workshop using traditional carpentry techniques. Abram also gives pointers on restoring and caring for antique furniture, along with short history lessons regarding famous craftsmen of America's past. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Norm Abram: Before we get started I'd like to take a moment to talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools PROPERLY will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this. There is no other more important safety rule...
[Norm points to his glasses.]
Norm Abram: ...than to wear THESE... safety glasses...
[He holds up ear protectors]
Norm Abram: ...and also HEARING protection when necessary.
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A very fair assessment
15 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I am also somewhat surprised there aren't more comments here. Norm (along with that home improvement oberlord, Bob Vila) should be thanked for spawning many DIY shows (the TOH franchise family, home improvement, etc.) and even whole networks (HGTV, DIY, etc.) As a side note, We can also thank Home Improvement for introducing Ms. Pamela Anderson to all us grunting males.

There is a vicarious joy that one gets watching the Yankee Workshop. You can imagine yourself going over to your friend who's "good-with-tools" to see what he's building today. It has inspired me on numerous occasions to get down there in the shop and finish building that bird house (or spice rack if you're Homer Simpson!) While I agree that Norm is something less than dynamic as a character on a show, I think his easy-going style is what gives the series its charm (and longevity - almost 20 years!) Good stuff.


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